In the eyes of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Gelded) ‘oversight’ means neglecting his responsibilities and then rolling over and piddling on his belly like a puppy for the administration:
Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee are complaining that the National Security Agency has played politics in support of the secret program to intercept phone calls between alleged terrorists in the United States and abroad.
On July 27, shortly after most members of the committee were briefed on the controversial surveillance program, the NSA supplied the panel’s chairman, Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), with “a set of administration approved, unclassified talking points for the members to use,” as described in the document.
Among the talking points were “subjective statements that appear intended to advance a particular policy view and present certain facts in the best possible light,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) said in a letter to the NSA director.
The cleared statements included “I can say the program must continue” and “There is strict oversight in place . . . now including the full congressional intelligence committees,” as well as “Current law is not agile enough to handle the threat posed by sophisticated international terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda” and “The FISA should be amended so that it is technologically neutral.” FISA refers to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the current law.
Kind of mailing it in, isn’t he?